5 May 2014. That is the day my training journey is headed to, the day that the Barefoot Comrades 2014 journey will start at 158 Loveday street in Johannesburg with the aim to be in Durban on the 1ste of June 2014 any time before 17:30 the afternoon.
In the process I will run a total of approximately 664 kilometers (664 000 metres).
The Challenge comes in two parts. The first part of the challenge is to run from Johannesburg to Pietermaritzburg which hosts the start of Comrades 2014. The second part is to line up on the 1st of June at the start of the Comrades and complete it before the cut-off gun sounds the end of the race.
The first part of the challenge consists of 577 kilometers (577 000 meters). The plan is to complete this distance over a time of 23 days, which include 4 rest days.
- This comes down to an average of 30.37 kilometers (30 370 meters) for every running day.
- The longest running day will be on the 23rd of May when I will be running from Mooirivier to Howick. The total distance of the day will be just shy of a full marathon at 41.2 kilometers (41 200 meters).
- The shortest running day will be on the 27th of May, the final leg to the Comrades office at 18 Connaught rd. The distance for the day an easy 10.8 kilometers (10 800 meters)
This part of the challenge concludes on the 27th of May and will be followed by four days of rest. I am certain I am going to need it!
The second part of the challenge is a one day affair, the Comrades marathon. It might be fair to call the Comrades the world’s premier ultra-marathon. 18 000 Athletes will line up to tackle the 89 kilometers (89 000 meters) from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.
- The start gun sounds at 05:30 in the morning.
- The final gun that signals the end of the race sounds at 05:30 in the afternoon, a twelve hour window to finish the race.
- On average there are 50 refreshment tables
- 200 000 sachets of water
- 660 000 sachets of Energade
- 800 kilograms of bananas
- 7 840 kilograms of oranges
- 1 ton of assorted chocolates
- 2 tons of potatoes
- 800 000 bottles and/or cups
Thus, if everything goes according to plan, I will start the journey in Johannesburg, arrive in Pietermaritzburg in time to start the Comrades marathon and complete the journey 664 kilometers (664 000 meters) down the road in Durban.
If you’ve been wondering why every kilometer is translated to meters, there is a good answer, which you will find in my next blog which will detail the purpose of the Barefoot Comrades 2014 project.